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Royal High Tea raises $25K for Maui Cancer Wellness Retreats

Dr. Bridget Bongaard (from left), Leona Wilson and Anna Mayeda are shown at the inaugural Royal High Tea fundraiser on April 28 at Lona Ridge estate in Wailuku.

Maui Cancer Wellness Retreats presented its inaugural Royal High Tea fundraiser on April 28. The event raised $25,000 to help fund 30 scholarships for cancer survivors to attend this year’s retreat at Napili Kai Resort, Sept. 20-22.

With 90 guests in attendance, the event featured a tour of Lona Ridge estate in Wailuku; a menu prepared by chef Bev Gannon; a silent and live auction; entertainment by harpist Irene Ryding and violinist Joan Padgett; with Dean Wong as master of ceremonies. Speakers included Dr. Bridget Bongaard, a board-certified internist with a fellowship in integrative medicine and co-founder of MCWR; and past Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat participant and cancer survivor Dr. Alice Svoboda, who spoke about her experiences as an attendee of last year’s retreat. Leona Wilson, owner of Lona Ridge estate in Wailuku, donated the use of the venue for this event.

The mission of Maui Cancer Wellness Retreats is “to help cancer survivors transform their lives to a new and better level of health and wellness” with evidence-based tools and cutting-edge learning on the healing process. The three-day weekend retreat will allow participants to fully engage with their own wellness and healing through this educational and inspirational weekend of “Rejuvenation, Transformation, and Hope.”

The Maui Cancer Wellness Retreats is a nonprofit organization directed by Bongaard. Along with a team of medical and integrative experts, Bongaard teaches integrative oncology and experiential classes over the three-day retreat.

“MCWR gives individuals tools to restore control in their life and offers time to process the changes they have undergone,”

Bongaard said. “The September retreat will focus on the means to get the body and spirit strengthened for a better future outcome.”

Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat’s 501 (c)(3) nonprofit entity is Tri-Isle Resource Conservation Development, which has served Maui County for over 20 years.

For more information and inquiries to apply for the September Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat or to make a donation, email MauiCancerWellness

Retreats@gmail.com or visit MauiCancerWellnessRetreats.org. Donations are tax deductible.